A State By State Accounting Guide

Montana Accountant and CPA Salaries

By an AccountingEdu contributing writer
Updated August 2015

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry expects that the field of accounting will generate a large number of high paying jobs between 2015 and 2024.  Accountants ranked first and second by two different measures that examined the number of projected job openings in the state during this period:

  • 2nd highest on the list of occupations that pay over $45,000 a year
  • 1st on the list of occupations that require a bachelor’s degree or higher

The median salary for an accountant in Montana was $54,700 in 2014 according to the US Department of Labor.  Accountants in the top 10% of this occupational category earned an average of $95,800 that year. 

More than 3,000 people were employed as accountants in Montana in 2014. 

Salaries for Accountants and Auditors in Montana’s Metro and Non-Metro Areas

According to the US Department of Labor, general accountants and auditors in the nonmetropolitan part of Western Montana had the highest salaries in 2014.

The 90th percentile in each area is representative of salaries for experienced accountants with CPA licenses issued through the Montana Board of Public Accountants.

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Billings MT
660
61480
Great Falls MT
220
57490
Missoula MT
400
56620
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area
160
60600
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area
160
59900
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area
1050
62030
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area
350
65230

Salaries for Tax Preparers in Billings and the Nonmetropolitan Area of Southwestern Montana

Tax preparers in Billings had the highest average salary in Montana in 2014 according to the US Department of Labor:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Billings MT
50
47290
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area
80
38840


Salary and employment data compiled by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2014. Figures represent accumulated data for all areas of specialty within the field of accounting and auditing.